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The only patriots worth their salt are the ones who love their country enough to see that in a nuclear age it is not going to survive unless the world survives. True patriots are no longer champions of Democracy, Communism, or anything like that but champions of the Human Race. It is not the Homeland that they feel called on to defend at any cost but the planet Earth as Home. –Frederick Buechner in Wishful Thinking

Facebook has proven what I’ve always known. If all of my friends were in the same room, it would get ugly. We’ve all experienced the wrath of trolls and other internet creatures which emerge during discussions of politics, religion and money. While I’ve grown up with conflicting worlds–rural and urban, republican and democrat, poor and rich, and various ethnic combinations–many around me have not had the same experiences. They are surprised that I could be friends with “those people”. So anytime I post something remotely controversial…

So why do I still do it? I’ve always valued the public square. Maybe it’s because I was shy growing up, and enjoy the opportunity to speak. Maybe it’s because I learn so much more when others have a chance to speak. Some will counter that I should keep my opinions to myself and just take personal action if it’s that important to me. However, many important actions require group cooperation which necessitates a larger discussion before we are able to act together. (more…)

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